I have made a decision to suspend the ability to leave comments on my blog. I didn't want to do so, because I believe it to be a viable forum. However, I have been getting slammed with pornographic web site and other spam links in the commentary left by visitors to the site.
Blogger.com is one of the larger fora for blogs on the internet. So this site attracts people looking for blogs to spam by leaving comments. Just within the past half hour, I got two comments. Usually, they start out by saying that I have a great blog. Then, they go on to invite people to check out their site. Sometimes, there is a description of the site before the link, sometimes not. The porn sites usually don't tell you what they are before they give the link. I found that one out the hard way.
I have another blog, as well. In the two years or so I have run that blog, I have not had spam comments. That blog is on tripod.com rather than blogspot/blogger. Blogspot publishes a page/forum that publicizes member blogs to draw traffic. I elected to be included in that publishing, but it seems that the cost is attracting spammers. I hate that. I get tired of deleting illegitimate comments, so I have elected to suspend that option on my blog.
If you wish to leave a comment, you can click on the email link on the right side of the blog and send me comments. I may elect to post them here. Sorry about this, y'all.